Borrello announces candidacy for county executive
SILVER CREEK — Chautauqua County Legislator George Borrello (R-Hanover) will announce his bid for the office of Chautauqua County executive in the upcoming November election this afternoon. He will make the announcement at the Silver Creek Firemen’s Club, 21 Jackson St. at 2 p.m.
Borrello was born and raised in Silver Creek and Fredonia. He is a 1985 graduate of Fredonia High School and a 1989 graduate of Purdue University. Borrello has spent most of his adult life as a businessman and entrepreneur, founding Top-Shelf Marketing in his early 20s. He grew the business into a successful, nationally recognized supplier to the hospitality industry. Borrello merged his company with Progressive Specialty Glass Co. and has remained a driving force of the business ever since. In addition to being vice president of Marketing for Progressive, Borrello speaks at hospitality industry trade shows and events. He is also involved with the thriving, beachfront hospitality and tourism business in Sunset Bay.
In 2009 Borrello ran successfully for county legislator. In 2010 he took office as legislator representing the town of Hanover. During his seven years in office he has pursued projects to promote tourism, downsize government, and clean up blighted properties, and he has also been a staunch advocate of preserving and protecting our lakes and waterways.
Borrello has championed many successful efforts, including downsizing the legislature from 25 members to 19, founding the Lake Erie Management Commission, and passing an amnesty program for the County Occupancy Tax (which increased compliance and revenues). He fought to keep Lake Shore Hospital open, facilitated imperative dredging of the Lake Erie harbors and advocated for several water-quality improvement projects in the Chautauqua Lake watershed, including major projects on Goose Creek. Borrello has been a tireless advocate for improving our neighborhoods, including demolishing and clearing away derelict and dangerous properties.
In 2016, County Executive Vince Horrigan created the Regional Solutions Commission (RSC) and named George Borrello as its chairman. Borrello and the RSC have advised and assisted with several government consolidation and efficiency projects. Recently, under Borrello’s leadership, Chautauqua County was named as one of six statewide finalists in the New York Department of State’s Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. Borrello and the RSC are working with more than 20 government entities throughout the county to finalize the Phase II part of the competition with a potential award of up to $20 million to help fund consolidation and efficiency projects in the county.
Borrello stated “I am proud of the accomplishments and progress that we have made by partnering with stakeholders throughout the county. I am now seeking the opportunity to dedicate myself full-time to serving the people of Chautauqua County.”
Borrello and his wife Kelly live in Sunset Bay, in the town of Hanover, and are both active in several charity and community efforts.
Borrello has assembled a campaign team of Chautauqua County residents who bring a wide diversity of experience in both the private and public sector. Tom Tarpley, a resident of the town of Westfield, will be Borrello’s campaign manager. Tarpley is a retired police lieutenant from Orange County, California who is currently a member of the Town of Westfield Planning Board. County Legislator Lisa Vanstrom will act as South County campaign coordinator and County Legislator Kevin Muldowney will be the North County campaign coordinator.
Those interested in more information can connect with the campaign by visiting the website, www.voteborrello.com or www.facebook.com/voteborrello. Campaign manager, Tom Tarpley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. George Borrello can be reached at email@example.com.